Detroit Historical Museum pays tribute to Aretha Franklin with new exhibition


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An exhibition dedicated to the Aretha Franklin is now on view at the Detroit Historical Museum.

The career-spanning Aretha educates patrons about the Queen of Soul's "prominent place in Detroit’s history through her roles as musical trailblazer and civil rights activist," according to a press release.

Among the exhibition's treasures are a nearly complete discography of the singer's works, courtesy of Dan and Denise Zieja of Eastpointe record store Melodies & Memories. The haul includes Franklin's first album “I Will Trust in the Lord, Vols. 1 and 2,” recorded live at her father's New Bethel Baptist Church in 1956 when the singer was just 14 years old. It also includes a rare lacquer test pressing of "Respect," which the Ziejas serendipitously acquired a day before Franklin's death in August.

Aretha is on display through summer 2019.

The Detroit Historical Museum is located at 5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-1805;; Admission is free.

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